Photo credit:

“I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.”

— Warren Buffett

The above quote from Warren Buffett is timeless, and brings into focus the choice about time horizon that any investor should think about before buying a stock they are considering. Behind every stock is an actual business; what will that business look like over a five year period?

Today, let’s look backwards in time to 2016, and take a look at what happened to investors who asked that very question about T-Mobile US Inc (NASD: TMUS), by taking a look at the investment outcome over a five year holding period.

Start date: 03/11/2016


End date: 03/10/2021
Start price/share: $37.75
End price/share: $127.41
Starting shares: 264.90
Ending shares: 264.90
Dividends reinvested/share: $0.00
Total return: 237.51%
Average annual return: 27.54%
Starting investment: $10,000.00
Ending investment: $33,746.76

As shown above, the five year investment result worked out exceptionally well, with an annualized rate of return of 27.54%. This would have turned a $10K investment made 5 years ago into $33,746.76 today (as of 03/10/2021). On a total return basis, that’s a result of 237.51% (something to think about: how might TMUS shares perform over the next 5 years?). [These numbers were computed with the Dividend Channel DRIP Returns Calculator.]

Here’s one more great investment quote before you go:
“Sometimes buying early on the way down looks like being wrong, but it isn’t.” — Seth Klarman